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RAAPA Christmas Show Dec. 3-4
RUMFORD -- The RAAPA (The Rumford Association for the Advancement of the Performing Arts) Christmas Show is coming to town on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2 p.m.
Both performances will be held in the Muskie Auditorium of Mountain Valley High School in Rumford. The elves have been busy building and painting the sets under the direction of Set Designer Wayne Landry and sewing costumes under the supervision of Connie Venskus. When the performance week arrives the elves will decorate the stage under the watchful eye of Anita Murphy, President of RAAPA.
This year's show will continue with the theme "A Musical Christmas Card," which began in 1976, and will be presented in four acts with scenes that include a an outdoor Dickens-era street setting, Santa's Toyland, an informal Christmas house party and a traditional Christmas nativity. The 37 chorus members will be changing costumes for each scene.
Much of the music will be familiar and will include O Holy Night, Toyland, Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, The Winter Song, A Holly Jolly Christmas, We Three Kings, and, of course, the annual favorite, Christmas In A Small Town, which has become the signature song of this small town community chorus. Adding to the choral music will be a dance troupe made up of Doreen Jones, Christine Murphy, Connie Porter and Mary Theriault who will perform a Rockettes-style tap dance to The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers and a ballet to Carol of the Bells. Both of the dances have been choreographed by Connie Porter.
Several soloists will perform: Shirli Allen-Heald, Missie Aylward, Wayne Landry, Elaine Michaud, Jim Robertson and Connie Venskus. The chorus will be under the direction of Judith Kuhn with piano accompaniment by Gail Dorr. Mary Pulsifer will play a flute accompaniment in Advent Promise. The entr'actes will include an audience sing-a-long and a children's story read by Gail Parent, and, of course, the appearance of Santa Claus!
Many have said that the RAAPA Christmas Show is the beginning of the Christmas season in the River Valley. So we hope to see you there! General admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Tickets may be purchased at Bartash, Port to Port and Hannaford in Rumford; Larsen's Electric in Mexico and Log Cabin Craftworks in Dixfield. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door prior to each performance and from members of the chorus.
For more information, contact Anita Murphy at 369-0205.